Reviews

First published in hard-cover in 1991, this paperback reprint brings a consistency to the book’s purpose insofar as a language manual has to be, by definition, financially accessible to students—even a manual of a ‘rare’ language like Modern Uighur.  Besides, Spoken Uyghur is more than a manual:  Composed of three parts, it provides (1) a detailed account of the principles of morphology and orthography; (2) a large dialogue unit; (3) reference material (glossary, inflexion charts, bibliography and index).  The first part will interest linguists, especially specialists of Turkic languages, as it gives an accurate analysis of the entire morpho-phonology of modern standard Uighur.  The second part presents a didactic series of fifteen dialogues.  Maybe, one would have expected more, but each of them is fully annotated, written in Uighur script and transcription, accompanied by vocabulary listings and by an English translation.  For those interested in learning—not specialising in—Uighur language, this book can be completed by Daniel St-John’s Concise Uighur-English Dictionary (Uyghurchä-Inglizchä Lughät), Urumchi: Shinjang Khälq Näshriyati, (1990) 1997 (paperback reprint).

Alexandre Papas, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.3.C-586